When Monica, the dyer behind Yarn Experiments, reached out to me to offer me yarn support for a future design, I wanted to do more than just take her kind offer. I wanted to be sure I could create something that really featured her work, that highlighted its beauty. I pitched her a complicated cardigan with lapels and a bizarre set of increases around the shoulders, but when the yarn was on the needles, it became obvious my idea was all wrong. The subtle, wearable speckles and the decidedly feminine grey-blue of the base were itching to be something else. Something easy to wear, but with an element of grace. Casual, but not in a lounge-around-on-a-weekend way. I started playing with increases used in Estonian lace and was soon on my way.
La Peregrina is a yoke sweater that features a slightly wider scoop neckline and a pretty lace pattern at the neck and shoulders which blends into a reverse stockinette ground with columns of knit stitches. The lace pattern is repeated at the sleeve cuff, and the hems are worked in 1x1 rib.
Worked seamlessly from the top down, this pattern uses German short rows to raise the back neck and an increase borrowed from Estonian lace knitting to shape the yoke. It’s named for the famous La Peregrina pearl once owned by Elizabeth Taylor, because this garment involves a lot of purling. (For a tutorial on knitting parts of this sweater inside out, visit this YouTube tutorial: https://youtu.be/BIwgAhgTNqc)
This is an easy-to-intermediate pattern. The star increases and short rows may take some getting used to if they are unfamiliar, but are easy to learn and fun to work.
Be sure to match gauge in garter stitch for the neck cast on and initial four rounds, which is significantly looser than the gauge for the rest of the garment.
Choosing a Size:This sweater is designed to worn with 1-2” of ease in the fullest bust, which means it is meant to be worn just a bit larger than your actual measurements.
ABOUT THIS PATTERN
Number of pages: 7
Written instructions and charts
7 Women’s Sizes: 32/36/40/44/48/52/56” at bust
Measurements given in inches
870/990/1170/1330/1490/1630/1860 yards sport weight yarn - sample shown in Yarn Experiments Sport Monkey (80% merino, 20% nylon; 100g; 300 m/328 y) in Mexico City
US 4 (3.5 mm) needles, 16” & 24” or 32” circular and needles for small circumference knitting (sleeves)
US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, 32” circular and needles for small circumference knitting (ribbed hem and cuff)
3 stitch markers
stitch holders or waste yarn
24 st/35 rounds over 4”/10cm square in stockinette, after blocking
15 sts over 4”/10cm in garter stitch, after blocking
Size 36 modeled on 34” bust
Sample shown in Yarn Experiments Sport Monkey in Mexico City
Photos by Dianna Walla.